Adolescents say no to parental interference
Kids want freedom to dress as they please, don’t want their online activities monitored
LUCKNOW: Today’s children, especially teenagers, say they want “azadi” (independence) from “unnecessary interference” of parents. Speaking to Hindustan Times on the occasion of Children’s Day, several adolescent boys and girls said they wanted to break free of shackles and were unhappy with the restrictions imposed on them.
However, younger kids said they preferred being around their parents.
The adolescents said they were born in the era of internet and social media -- far different from the scenario in the late 70s or 80s, when their parents grew up. “At that time, there were black and white television sets and Doordarshan was the only channel to watch,” said a child.
Asserting her independence, Class 9 student Sakshi Srivastava said, “They (parents) should not stop me from going out alone. I expect them to give me a free hand to choose what I wear. If I’m comfortable wearing short dresses, I see no reason for them to tell me not to wear it.”
The children said they were tired of moral policing and constant monitoring by parents. “My mom and dad have developed a bad habit of checking my phone calls and contact details. This is not done. Parents must play the role of facilitators, not preachers,” said Pranjal Singh, a Class 8 student.
The children said that today they were under constant CCTV camera vigilance at school. “In such a situation, if parents also place severe restrictions on us, life will become too monotonous,” said another teenager.
However, views of younger children were quite different.
“I want my parents to spend more quality time with me. They should help me with my school projects and other assignments. While I do not want them to hold my hand always, they should be around,” said Saksham Srivastava, a Class 3 student.
Eleven-year-old Pranjal Mishra of Class 5 said he wanted his parents to give him a lot of time, love and affection. “I expect everything from them. They should be around when I need them. I feel our parents can be our best friends as they have known us since our birth,” he said.
Aditi Agarwal of Class 9 said she considered herself lucky and blessed to have parents who allowed her to do whatever she wanted.
“I am very fortunate. My parents never interfere in my life, nor do they ever question my decisions,” she said.
(LR) Kids enjoying at a fete organised by St Francis’ College on Children’s Day (Tuesday); tiny tots performing at an event organised by Little Millennium preschool at Sangeet Natak Akademi and teachers and students at a special assembly organised by GD Goenka Public School in Lucknow.